Dreary weather, fun questions

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a depressing post. But the weather is dreary! Last night I went out straight from work, and got home very late. I didn’t sleep well, and we had to be up at 7 as Andy is expecting a delivery (between 7-12 although at 3pm it still has not come). I think this coupled with the dreary weather made me feel less than enthusiastic about my run today. My plan was 10 miles, and once I was out there I did enjoy myself. I ended up going 10.5 miles in 1hr53 mins. My pace was pretty varied, but I think that was due to the wind. As my route has loops I almost had one mile of easy running and then one mile or hard running. At one point I felt like I could have leant parrallel to the floor and not fallen over as it was so strong! I was trying to think about landing gently on the ground, and keeping a gentle slow rhythm, and when I finished I felt like I could have gone on still. Marathon talk was talking about intervals, and how it is important to add them to marathon training, which has spurred me on to keep on at them in the week. It is hard to believe that a year ago I had just started training for my first half marathon. I found I could do 7 or 8 mile runs ok, but once I went over that distance I was shattered and really felt like I was dragging myself home for the last few miles. I am pleased that I can compare my running to this time last year and genuinely see an improvement.

Once home I had a peanut butter clif bar and some chocolate milk, and then after my shower I made myself have lunch pretty quick (to avoid the crash).

My lunch was delish! 2 slices of toasted seedy bread, filled with mashed banana and a little pb, sprinkled with cinnamon. Yum. Plus a pear and half a graze box (some brazil nuts and dark chocolate buttons).

(I took a bite before I decided to take another picture).

I have been reading blogs and I was excited to see that the lovely Jess has tagged me in a blog question thing. So here are the answers (and questions);

Four TV shows I watch.

The biggest loser

30 Rock

Burn Notice

The Office (american one)

(Yes I love american TV! )

Four things I am passionate about

Being healthy

Helping others



Four words/ phrases that I use too much;

High Five!

like (instead of said- a bad bad habit I know!)

Morning (in a chirpy way- it annoys all the non morning people!)

On marathon talk this week….. (this drives Andy mad!!!)

Four things I’ve learnt from the past;

To not worry about what other people think, but to be happy in my own decisions.

That I can do more than I thought I was capable of.

That sometimes you grow apart from friends and that does not make you bad people, just people on different paths.

That if I am worried about something I should think “what’s the worst that could happen?” and then get on and do it anyway, because the worst does not usually happen.

Four things I am looking forward to;

Buying a marathon talk hoodie as my post marathon treat! I would feel a fraud wearing it (it says 26.2 on the front in big numbers) before I have actually done one!

My holiday in the summer- especially discovery cove 🙂

Seeing my friend get married in Italy later this year.

Doing some baking (this is a short term goal haha)

Four things I love about winter;

Feeling totally hardcore when I go running in the freezing weather!

Hot water bottles

Warm hats, scarves and gloves (and hoodies, and jeans, and massive fluffy socks)

A steaming bowl of soup after being outside in the fresh air

So now I have to tag four people. I have seen this on a few blogs and I can’t remember which ones, so sorry if you have already done it.

Laura at Box, run, eat!

Lara at Eat less, move more

Emma at sweet tooth runner

Stacey at the Habit of healthy

Sorry if you already answered! But if I didn’t tag you and you want to answer the questions, feel free 🙂

I am excited because I am going to do some baking tomorrow! 🙂 I have not baked for ages it seems, as we have been having all the christmassy things. So I have not decided what yet, but I am excited 🙂

Now for some tea 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Dreary weather, fun questions”

    1. Ah thanks- I know that if I didnt get outside I would feel rubbish. Andy often compares me to a little dog that needs walking (or running) to keep me happy! I didnt realise you got married abroad, how lovely. It will be different as not many people are going out there, so much more intimate than normal weddings I suppose.
      Your husband has good taste in TV 🙂

  1. Fab answers ~ I’m so glad I tagged you 🙂 Although someone else would have anyway, because your blog is so well-loved and with good reason!

    I particularly liked your ‘Four things I’ve learned.’ And no worries about that marathon t-shirt – I am expecting multiple photos when you get it after a brilliant race.

    And woohoo for progress – you’re getting stronger and faster by the day. Also, your sandwich makes me wish I could eat normal bread without pain! It looks so delish.


  2. Amy- I was meant to be going at christmas- me and Andy were going to Orlando and it was his surprise for me, but then our flight got cancelled, so we are going in the summer now- can’t wait 🙂
    Rachel- I actually wanted to make it again when I saw it just now on the screen! It was yummy!
    Mary- I think they ship anywhere in the world so might be worth a look ? Although some marathons give you t shirts in your goody bags- you are right- it would be a reminder forever of the achievement.
    Jessica- fab comments as always 🙂 Thanks! Have you tried genius bread?I have heard it is like real bread (but gluten free).
    Ffion- thanks- it is a long way but seems shorter than when I ran it last year so it must be getting easier.
    Rob- I love crunchy PB don’t you worry! But smooth is easier to spread thinly on toast.
    Laura- Can’t agree more with the wind- I feel like a cartoon being blown backwards! 🙂

  3. Oh my God, I laughed at “High five!”, that’s brilliant! And you are very cute with your marathon talk obsession 😉

    Loved the sandwich too btw, that’s one of my favourite combos, and sooooo good after a long, hardcore run in the winter weather!

    1. High five has to be said in a Borat accent too, to get the full effect! The trouble is only Andy really gets that this is the accent I am aiming for, so other people just give me weird looks!

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